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Bodega Akutain, Rioja Crianza La Rioja, Spain 2014 (750mL)
Bodega Akutain’s history begins in the early 1970s with its founder, Juan Peñagaricano Akutain. At the time, Akutain was a young man living in the Basque country while working as a traveling salesman in the wine trade. Through his work, the young Akutain forged bonds with the families behind some of the Rioja region’s most storied traditionalist estates, including CVNE and La Rioja Alta. After many years spent visiting the cellars, studying local vineyard techniques, and drinking every bottle of Rioja he could lay his hands on (all the while saving his earnings), Akutain was ready to plant his own vineyards. He spent a few years searching for the perfect site and finally, in 1975, he found his dream property located just west of the village of Haro, the epicenter of Rioja, and converted an abandoned horse stable into a tiny wine cellar.
A traditional Tempranillo dominated blend with a smattering of Grenache (Garnacha)
and Viura. This is “old-school” in the best sense of the word with its woodsy
nose and seamless integration of the older American oak. At the core, you’ll
find red and black cherries laced with woodsmoke, toasted coconut, and vanilla
spice. The wine is energized with ample natural acidity and mineral tones that
cut through the berry fruit. If you gravitate to Haro icons such as CVNE (Cune)
or La Rioja Alta, then this needs to be in your wheelhouse. This is an exceptional value for traditional Grower Rioja!
- RegionLa Rioja
- Sub-RegionRioja Alto / Haro
- BlendTempranillo 93%, Garnacha 5%, Viura 2%
- OakUsed American Oak
- Temp.Serve at 60-65° F
- GlasswareAll-Purpose Reds
- Decanting30 Minutes
- PairingLamb Burger
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